When you walk through the foyer of the Fox Theater Pomona, with all it's sprawling murals, high columns and 1930s ballroom grandeur, you know there's only one thing that comes to mind: triangle chokes, leg locks and bloody noses. For that very reason, the Fox chose to tap into Pomona's lively MMA crowd for the marginally anticipated event "Respect II" , featuring a bunch of glistening, buff guys you've never heard of. The fights kick off this Friday, Nov. 20. It's obviously the first event of it's kind for a theater better known for hosting The Flaming Lips and Gogol Bordello.
Look at this flier. Do you see anyone you would be really excited to watch in the Octagon? How about the killer, fourth from the right, with the white bandanna? It makes you wonder if there even should have been a "Respect I."
But if you're looking for big names at this event, look no further than the hosts: Tommy "Tiny" Lister (Hollywood's go-to behemoth in movies like Friday
, and uh..Next Friday
) and Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas. Wow, that seems random. Taboo? Who knew that behind the glossy Top 40 fame lurked the soul of a fighter. Maybe Tiny and Taboo should go at it... now that would be worth the $55 bucks (by the way, judging by the fact that $35 dollar seats in the second level are already sold out, maybe MMA does have a bloodthirsty audience in Pomona after all, albeit a cheap one). And hey, once you've had enough bloodshed,bruises and broken bones you can come back the next day and check out Fox's big Saturday event....weebleworld?